My wife is going out of town in a few days. She is helping out a family member for 10 days or so. I haven't been on the bike much lately because of family stuff etc. and I figured that while she was gone I could fit in a bunch of riding. Maybe I could even meet up with Mikie for a ride at P-12. I also planned to get out and do some trail work if this next storm drops some more rain. Well ... today I needed some hardware for a work project so I headed over to a big box store. You probably know the one but I won't name it. Anyway, I was walking along at a good clip when something catches my eye. I tried to stop and my right foot slid and shot out in front of me. Before I could catch myself I fell backwards in a heap. My left leg ended up under me and I hyper extended my foot/ankle. You know how some people can sit on the floor with their behind on their feet with their toes pointing behind them? Yeah, like that. I can't ever remember being able to do that. My ankles don't bend like that. I take that back. My ankle did bend like that - at least this once- and it didn't like it! I got up and brushed myself off and limped down too the hardware isle and got my stuff. I went to the front and asked them to check the floor where I slipped. It felt like there was a lot of dust or maybe fine sand on the floor. The guy asks me if I hurt myself. I tell him a little bit. He says I need to fill out some paperwork. He heads to the office to get the form and as I'm standing there the pain gets a little worse. I tried to lift the front of my foot off the floor and it results in shooting pain. I had to get back to the job and finish my project because the item I was fixing was a safety issue (the irony). I limped around and got the job done. I headed to my very large HMO to get checked out. You know the one but no names. After x-rays etc. I get my ankle wrapped and a prescription for an anti inflammatory and a Dr.'s note for a couple of days off. Hopefully it will feel much better tomorrow and will heal up quickly. I want to ride! Moral of the story? Don't be a klutz I guess. Hey, don't feel too sorry for me, it is only an ankle after all. There are lots of people out there who have much worse. I'll be back on my bike soon enough. I think I'll go stand on my head now. I hear such activity has great curative powers. I don't bend well enough to do yoga. Be careful out there kids.